Producer: Multiple smallholder cofee producers from several sister washing stations
Region: Bensa District, Sidamo Zone, SNNPR Region
Coffee Varieties: 74/158, 74/110 and local varieties known as Setami and Mikicho
Processing: Dry-processed (Natural)
Elevation: 1800 m
Wet Mill (Washing Station): Bombe, Qonqona, Shantawene, Damo
Certifcations: NOP and JAS Organic Certifed, C.A.F.E. Practices
Local people group name: Durato, Fafcho
Local language(s): Sidama, Amharic
We could not be more proud to be the frst roaster to ofer Dur Feres in greater Seattle area. It is created and sourced by Catalyst Trade who has been specializing in Ethiopian cofee with investors and stakeholders in both Ethiopia and USA. Their transparent cofee trade platform and meticulous sourcing model assure that more of the added value stays in Ethiopia.
Community Lot is one of these value-driven sourcing models. It is a multi-faceted program that helps farmers sell a signifcantly larger part of their harvest. Ethiopia is full of high-scoring cofees, and it is easy to source top a top-shelf cofee that scores 88+/100. However, these kinds of beans usually has a small share in the whole harvest. Once these top-shelf cofees are sold, the producers end up with hundreds bags of quality cofee. Even if top-scoring cofee has better proftability, the farmers need to sell most of their harvests to be able to make a fair living. Community Lot solves this problem. Catalyst Trade works with producers around the country to curate a specialty-grade blend. These blends are curated using cofees from various regions of Ethiopia as they come ripe. This allows Catalyst Trade to keep a fresh crop supply, helps farmers optimize their sales and income, and gives roasters the consistency that they can build their sourcing programs upon. This is one of the efective ways to source cofee responsibly!
Dur Feres means Wild Horse in Amharic and is Catalyst Trade's fagship community lot. It has the same level of traceability as their top-shelf oferings, is organic certifed, and maintains a steady favor profle. Furthermore, the washing stations that provide cofee for this blend are operated by the company's Ethiopian shareholders.
When we sip Dur Feres, we taste blueberries up front and cacao nibs in the fnish. It has a round body with medium acidity and a lingering fnish. We love this cofee and the people who have make it happen!